It takes one person to make a difference in the life of a child.

By sharing fun activities and exposing a child to new experiences, mentors encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce their mentee to new ideas.
Clarke County Mentor Program
  May 2013 Newsletter

CCMP Board Members Recognized

CCMP Board Members Recognized

We appreciate the service and commitment to the Mentor Program of our Board members who are completing their terms. Pictured with Board President C.R. Chisholm (center) are: l-r, Josh Connell, Stacy Conner, Annette Ogletree-McDougal and Vance Sims.

Congratulations to Our Graduating Mentees!

CCMP Board Members RecognizedJulie and Clarica began their mentoring relationship when Clarica was in 5th grade. Though Julie moved to Savannah 3 years ago, they have kept in close contact. Clarica had enough credits to finish high school in December, and is attending Coastal Georgia College. She hopes to major in nursing and minor in Spanish.

CCMP Board Members Recognized Marlene has mentored Imelda since she was in the 5th grade, and also mentors her younger sister. Imelda has particularly enjoyed JROTC, and plans to join the military.

CCMP Board Members Recognized Courtney and Ayla have been together since Ayla was in the third grade. Through Alps, Clarke Middle, Clarke Central and Classic City, they have kept their strong relationship. Ayla will begin classes at Athens Tech and hopes to transfer to a 4-year school.

CCMP Board Members Recognized Katherine has mentored Jackie from 7th through 12th grade. They have shared lunches as well as straight talk about family, boys, mean girls and stress. After their visits to several colleges, Jackie has chosen to attend Savannah State on the HOPE scholarship, majoring in social work.

Shekendria has been mentored by Indira for just one year, but they have enjoyed their time together. Indira will also be a May graduate -- from UGA!

Thank You LEAD Athens

The Mentor Program has been fortunate this year to work with a great LEAD Athens team: Meg Amstutz, Jeff Bodiford, Stephenia Glenn, Asher Hakman and Angela Megaw. The team' s goal was to recruit longer-term mentors from among employees at Athens-area businesses. They have produced a new CCMP video and an advertising piece targeted to employers, and have conducted a number of presentations at businesses and civic organizations. Please contact CCMP to learn more about encouraging mentoring among your employees, and the return on investment when employees mentor.

A Note Received From a Mentor

"Thank you so much for organizing this mentoring program. I never thought I could get so excited to go talk to an eleven-year-old for one hour a week, but (my mentee) is amazing!"

School Counselors Receive CCMP Awards

The Mentor Program appreciates our School Contact Persons at each of the 21 Clarke County Schools. They develop lists of students who could benefit from being "mentees", match mentors and mentees, and provide on-site support for mentors. At the May 9 Board of Education meeting, we recognized:

  • Ashlee Perry, Clarke Middle School - Rising Star Award
  • Saundra Arnold-Smith, Timothy Road Elementary School - School Contact Person of the Year

Intern Position Announced

Are you a college student already mentoring for CCMP who is looking for a Fall 2013 internship (5-24 hours/week?) As a CCMP intern, you would gain experience in communications, program assessment, fundraising, public speaking and nonprofit administration. If interested in applying, please email

Seen at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School

  • Who: A mentee
  • What: A Care Package of granola bars, fruit and a card
  • When: A break between sections of the CRCTs (end-of-year tests)
  • How: A mentor arranged for this delivery
  • Why: A child's ear-to-ear smile after receiving this expression of support!

Consider Mentoring at Classic City High School

This is the first year we have had mentors choose to begin mentoring at Classic City; several mentors have followed their mentees from other high schools in the past. In the words of Graduation Coach Mimi Middendorf, "I am so excited that we got two mentors this year!! They have had positive effects on the students. Bring them on!" Classic City is for students who are interested in a smaller learning environment and would still like a fully accredited public education. They offer traditional as well as on-line instruction, a low student/teacher ratio and tutoring assistance.

CCMP Board Members Recognized

We are now able to accept online donations through our website and would appreciate your support. Funds help us recruit, train and support mentors to match with Clarke County School District students who would benefit from having a role model, listener and friend.


Thanks to Our 2012-2013 Sponsors

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Athens Regional Health System
Bell's Food Stores
Ed Benson
Carson Advisory Inc.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Fire and Flavor
Betty & Davis Fitzgerald Foundation
Georgia Power Foundation

Kroger Foundation
Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation
The Newland Family Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
Sentry Self Storage
St. Mary's Heath Care System
Trinity Accounting Group
Wells Fargo

The Adsmith
Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust
Cofer’s Home & Garden
Clarke County Democratic Committee

Doherty, Duggan & Rouse
Georgia United Credit Union
Jackson Spalding
Jittery Joe’s Coffee

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  Clarke County Mentor Program

Quick Facts

Our program recruits and trains volunteers to serve as mentors to students in all of our public schools, K-12 grade. They function primarily as friends. We ask for a minimum of one hour per week for one school year, with the opportunity to continue for multiple years.